UPDATED 9:27 AM PT — Thursday, July 9, 2020
CDC Director Robert Redfield said the agency will not be revising its school reopening guidelines despite pressure from President Trump.
During an interview Thursday, the official said the CDC will be providing “reference documents” separate from guidelines already introduced. He said these documents will be seeking to aid communities trying to open K-12 schools, including information for parents and caregivers.
Redfield went on to emphasize the CDC’s guidelines are not mandates and that it’s up to the schools how to best use their information to open safely.
“I think we have to continue to work with the schools to look between the six feet apart, wearing face coverings, social distancing, the seating, looking at changes in scheduling to have different crowding,” he explained. “Like I said, there’s a whole portfolio schools can look at to see what’s the right mix for them.”
His comments came after President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to blast the CDC for its current guidelines. The president said he would be meeting with its officials to discuss the matter.
I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020